Final Candidate Conservation Agreement with Assurances, Final Environmental Assessment, and Finding of No Significant Impact; Rio Grande Cutthroat Trout, New Mexico and Colorado
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), make available the final Candidate Conservation Agreement with Assurances (CCAA) for the Rio Grande cutthroat trout (Oncorhynchus clarki virginialis) in New Mexico and Colorado, as well as the final environmental assessment (EA) and the draft Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA). Vermejo Park, LLC d/b/a Vermejo Park Ranch applied for an enhancement of survival permit pursuant to the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). The permit application included a draft CCAA between the Service and Vermejo Park Ranch for the Rio Grande cutthroat trout in Taos County, New Mexico, and Costilla County, Colorado. Our decision is to authorize the issuance of an enhancement of survival permit to Vermejo Park Ranch for implementation of the CCAA (Preferred Alternative described below).